January 28, 2019


Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run (Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jan. 27, 2019, NY Times)

Asked if he would consider changing his mind and run as a Democrat, he said, "I feel if I ran as a Democrat I would have to be disingenuous and say things that I don't believe because the party has shifted so far to the left."

"When I hear people espousing free government-paid college, free government-paid health care and a free government job for everyone -- on top of a $21 trillion debt -- the question is, how are we paying for all this and not bankrupting the country?" Mr. Schultz said.

"It's as big of a false narrative as the wall," he added. "Doesn't someone have to speak the truth about what we can afford while maintaining a deep level of compassion and empathy for the American people?"

Mr. Schultz, who grew up in the public housing projects in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, became a billionaire by building Starbucks from seven stores in Seattle into a global coffee chain with over 350,000 employees. He was known as a progressive corporate leader, offering full health benefits for full- and part-time employees and their domestic partners, and Starbucks became the first privately owned American company to include part-time workers in its stock-option program. [...]

Mr. Schultz's consideration of entering the race as an independent evokes the 1992 campaign by the eccentric Texas billionaire Ross Perot, also a political neophyte. Mr. Perot, for a time, was the leader in the polls and gained almost 19 percent of the popular vote, the most for an independent candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Like Mr. Schultz, Mr. Perot expressed concern about the national debt and vowed to reduce it. Mr. Perot failed to win any electoral votes.

Mr. Schultz, who pointed to a recent Gallup poll showing that 42 percent of voters identified as politically independent, scoffed at the comparisons to previous efforts of independent candidates.

"This is a very different time in America today in terms of how divided we are and the need for the country to come together," he said. "I've done the work this year to unequivocally remove, if I decide to run, any concern regarding ballot access."

Mr. Schultz is relying in part on a small team of outside advisers, including Steve Schmidt, the former campaign strategist for John McCain's 2008 presidential effort.

Join debt reduction with a plan to end illegal immigration and campaign reform and you can run a purely aesthetic campaign.

Posted by at January 28, 2019 12:00 AM